appointment of a National Discipline Development Officer, and
the publication of figures which show a rise in reported incidents
of violence against teachers, discipline is certainly in the news
of both the Ethos Network and the Anti Bullying Network, Professor
Pamela Munn, is leading a team researching the implementation
of some key recommendations from the Discipline Task Group. She
says, The research includes an overview of local authority
policies, priorities and spending, which will be led by Professor
John Fairley, University of Strathclyde. This will be followed
by in-depth research in three contrasting local authorities, involving
officials, teachers, parents and additional staff
employed as a result of Discipline Task Group recommendations.
A further strand of the work will be a survey of primary and secondary
teachers and headteachers about indiscipline in schools.
next twelve months, the Ethos Network and the Anti-Bullying Network
will be placing a special focus on work to promote a more positive
approach to tackling indiscipline and bullying in schools and
to provide support to staff members who are faced with such problems
in classrooms or playgrounds. We are especially
keen to hear from both primary and secondary schools who are willing
to share their successes and failures with others by contributing
a newsletter article, a case study or a conference workshop. Please
contact Kate Betney at the ABN/SSEN. Telephone: 0131 651 6100
can young people be encouraged to express their collective voice
and to become involved in real decision making in schools?
Waage, the Norwegian Ombudsman for Children, demands real power
and full rights for children, with drastic changes at the local
and national level.
from St Ninians High School in Giffnock use drama to express
their views and to highlight the pressure to have
(eg the latest mobile phone) in order to belong.
Doherty, HT at St Columbas High School in Gourock, says
that encouraging pupils to become more actively involved in developing
their rights and responsibilities has had a positive impact not
only on the pupils directly involved but also on the school as
were just some of the highlights from an ABN/SSEN conference organised
in partnership with Stirling Council last December.